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Back To The Basics! Preventing Back & Spine Injury

Lift. Lower. Push. Pull. Our back and spine provide the strength and support needed for all of our daily activities. In addition to its structural function, the spine serves as the central highway for nerves carrying messages back and forth between the brain and others parts of the body. Back injury can have catastrophic impact, that’s why we have taken this issue to focus on small and simple ways we can reduce risk at work and at home!!

Reduce Risk Using These Simple Steps!

Lift Smart

  • Review Proper Lifting Techniques ensuring the use of a wide balanced stance to help support the weight of the object.
  • Ask for support! Where possible, seek out help for lifting heavy or awkard objects.
  • Use Lift Assists (eg. Forklift, dolly, hoist etc)

Reduce Stressful Movements

  • Position or reposition objects for easier access or handling.
  • Plan the lift or movement before beginning; ensure pathway is clear with minimal adjustments required to complete the task.
  • Consider storing items in rigid containers with supportive and firm handles .
  • Consider storing items in rigid containers with supportive and firm handles .

Improve Your Posture

  • Position or reposition objects for easier access or handling.
  • Use lumbar support devices such as belts or ergonomic seat cushions
  • Customize your workspace to optimise body positioning (eg. computer screen / keyboard adjustment, seat height/width)
  • Take time to stand and stetch throughout the day to reduce muscle stiffness and risk of strain

Don’t Push It

  • Do NOT work with a back injury, perceived or otherwise. If you think you may have a back or spine injury, discontinue work and seek medical support immediately.
  • Follow any medical advice given for the care of a previous or recent back injury. Ensure your employer knows of any previous injury that might put you at higher risk. Always work within your limits!

Guide for Safe Lifting

  • Plan your lift (movements/object weight/pathway).
  • Bending at the hips and knees, squat close to load obtaining a firm and secure grasp.
  • Lift vertically by slowly straightening hips and legs while keeping back straight.
  • DO NOT twist or pivot while lifting. Complete movement in one direction at a time. (Up, turn, forward etc).
  • Set object down slowly by bending at the knees and hims until object is firmly in place.

Remember, you always have a choice, but only you can decide to do it the safe way. The safe way is usually not the shortest or quickest way, but it’s your decision.
Every reasonable precaution should be taken to protect yourself and promote our ZERO ACCIDENTS culture.
Be Safe!

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